Inquest into Hemel Hempstead man who fell from top-floor flat fall man opened and adjourned

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An inquest into the death of a man who fell from his top-floor flat has been opened and adjourned.

David Vibert, 52, was found dead in the car park of Pelham Court, Leverstock Green, on Saturday, October 27.

The provisional cause of death was recorded as hypovolemic shock caused by multiple traumatic injuries by Herts Coroners Court yesterday (Wednesday).

The Gazette previously reported that David had asked a neighbour for help fixing a faulty window seal in his ninth floor flat about 30 minutes before the accident.

Neighbours in the adjacent Pelham Court block of flats reported seeing him hanging from the ledge before falling at about 8.30am.

Tenants of the two tower blocks say they have complained about faulty safety latches that allow windows to fly wide open. They claim they were damaged by the Buncefield explosion.

Dacorum Borough Council, which owns the blocks, sent a surveyor and officers there after the incident.

But spokesman Katie Warner said no further comment could be given until after the inquest.